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Old 28.04.2015, 15:07
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prepaid to use with tethering

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Which prepaid sim card would you suggest for data only (1-3 GB) if they want to use tethering? I heard that with Lycamobile it's not possible? Thanks
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Old 28.04.2015, 19:56
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Re: prepaid to use with tethering

I didn't think it was possible to tether with most of the prepaid / pay as you go sims. I thought it was just monthly contract sims that would allow that for data usage limits etc, but someone else may know better.
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Re: prepaid to use with tethering

Not true. I arrived in March and have both an Orange @ Sunrise sim.

Both are prepaid and hotspot is enabled.

In terms of value both offer 1gb for 15CHF, however Sunrise is cheaper with the next package up. 3gb for 30 while Orange (salt) is 2gb
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Re: prepaid to use with tethering

ahh, very interesting - thank you! That's great to know and I'll maybe try my talktalk prepaid sim card. I'd just assumed it wouldn't work from what I'd read. On price talktalk data is the same at chf 15 for 1gb.
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Re: prepaid to use with tethering

As long as you put the SIM card in a "normal" smartphone (i.e. a phone without software modification by the provider a.k.a. "branding"), you can activate tethering.

It's none of the provider's business, with what device you use up your data package, in my opinion. They may try to "forbid" tethering in their terms, but they cannot practically prevent you from using it, as far as I know. (Unless they sell you a modified phone.)

Sunrise tries to forbid tethering for most offers (Abos/post-paid and also for the SURF package options). In the small print, when you click on "Legal notices", you find this: "Mobile Internet with a mobile rate plan or a supplementary option is limited to data connections without VoIP for a single mobile phone without the use of devices connected to it, modems or other devices with built-in modems."

No such limitations with Orange/Salt and Swisscom pre-paid cards, as far as I know.

Anyway, you can just try it out. Put the SIM card in your phone and activate tethering. Then switch on some other device (e.g. notebook, tablet) and try out if you can use the WLAN which is offered by your phone.
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Re: prepaid to use with tethering

Hi guys, can only talk to my experiences.

No port blocking, restriction of VoIP services when using either of the carriers mentioned (prepay services) (since March)

For example, FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts all work fine on mobile data out and about, to such a point where I commit all my credit towards data, I don't make any phone calls/txt's of any kind - my phone calls are done entirely through the use of these apps.

Agree that the device needs to be unlocked etc, a purchase outright of any phone should come that way anyway (provided you don't purchase through a carrier).

Suprisingly using data for calls is quite affordable. A regular 5min call is a fraction of a cost through a Voip service compared with call rates and uses 5-10MB which is minimal. A 15CHF 1gb plan is lasting me about a month if frugal, (no hotspot and using wifi at all opportunities) so it's doable.

Perhaps Sunrise and Salt will introduce restrictions to how data is used but at least this way they are driving up the use of data services. I also believe data restrictions on VoIP and charging for hotspots is a bit yesteryear, certainly in Australia anyway where this was the norm a few years ago. Competitive carriers with introduction of 4g have removed all that nonsense and we've been free to use data however for a little while now.
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